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“Boats in the harbor are safe but that is not what they are meant for. “

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100’ of Dockage - Minutes to the Bay This phenomenal estate offers a 100-foot dock with unobstructed access to the Intracoastal Waterway. A mariner’s paradise.

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ituated on a quiet street this lovely Longboat Key custom residence in the Bayou neighborhood of Bay Isles is waiting for the mariner requiring sufficient dockage for their coveted yacht. Behind the secure gates of the Longboat Key Club, at the southern end of Longboat Key, this residence boasts an elevated site and sits on a wide deep-water canal with views out to Buttonwood Cove of Sarasota Bay. There is a large wrap around deck complimenting the key west design of the exterior.

ceilings, custom teak interior doors, an open living area with fire place, three bedrooms, an office, a 20kw gas generator, reverse osmosis pool and full house window storm protection are just some of the special features of this residence. The kitchen was remodeled in the past few years with wood cabinets and granite counter tops.

There are multiple rooms in the lower non-conforming level. Out on the waterfront there is approximately 100’ of dock which presently houses a 68’ Trumpy and a 36’ Grand Banks. Outdoor Featuring tongue and groove cathedral living and entertaining are enhanced

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by a large two story screened pool area. Three cars can be parked in the garage. Bay Isles offers residents the finest of amenities including private gulf front beach club and by joining the adjacent Longboat Key Club golf and tennis. The Bayou is close to the Longboat Key Town Center with shopping and dining, a short drive to famed St. Armand’s Circle and downtown Sarasota is just minutes more, where many exceptional cultural activities, award-winning restaurants and stores can be found.


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CONTENT This Issue’s Features

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All Faiths Food Bank - Ending Hunger

28 | LUXURY COVER - WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS, JULIA MONTEI Couturier and Canines, By Ed Bertha

3 | PROPERTIES COVER - BAY ISLES, LONGBOAT KEY Mariner’s Paradise

14 | REAL ESTATE Are You Thinking Of Selling Your Home?, By Lori Collins Rodriguez and Helaine Giddens

16-17 | HEALTH Two Steps To Clearing Space, By Laurel James

18, 20 | NEWS Alyssa Acquaviva Joins Williams Parker Pascone’s Ristorante Opens Will McComb & Kelly Roberts Recognized As Super Lawyers Jo Ann Koontz Installed As AAA-CPA President Loeffler & Rooks Morris Group Formed Estetika Skin & Laser Specialists Relocates

22-23 | REAL ESTATE Ralph Twitchell The Making Of A Legendary Sarasota Architect, By Norm Luppino

24-25 | LA DOLCE VITA Tandoor, By Sandra Halliday

26 | PERSPECTIVES The Emerging Trends In Retail And Commercial Real Estate, By William Henry PhD

33 | HEALTH 3 Reasons A Balanced Life Is A Better Life, With Lumbie Mlambo

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34-37 | CARES All Faiths Food Bank

38 | PROFILES Christine Nicole Photography, By Becca Towery

40 | STYLE SNEAKER Mania!, By Becca Z. Towery

42 | BEAUTY Hair Accessories, By Sheila Venancia

44 | REAL ESTATE Welcome! To Our Summer Real Estate Buyers, By Pat Tan

46-53 | EXCLUSIVE PROPERTIES JONATHAN ABRAMS Michael Saunders & Company JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS Coldwell Banker Global Luxury TOM CINQUEGRANO Michael Saunders & Company LORI COLLINS RODRIGUEZ & HELAINE GIDDENS SaraBay Real Estate DENNIS & TERRI KOTASKA, JIM LORENZ RE/MAX Alliance Group BRANDY COFFEY Keller Williams Luxury Homes International

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Are The Lights Going Out On Florida’s Charm? “Not One Florida Official Can Claim To Be Surprised By This Year’s Algae Crisis”

bullsugar.org As early as January South Florida Water Management District officials warned that suspended bottom sediments in Lake Okeechobee, stirred up by Hurricane Irma and winter cold fronts, had spiked nutrient levels in the lake’s surface waters. So the lake started the year with unusually abundant food for algae. The other factors needed for major blooms--sunlight and warmth--are inevitable in South Florida. But discharges are not inevitable. The US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Okeechobee usually draws down Lake Okeechobee to a target of 12-½ feet during the dry season to leave capacity for rain in the wet season. This year the Corps didn’t do that. Spokesman John Campbell told News-Press that the Corps held water in the lake because of a dry long-term weather forecast. The forecast was wrong, the swollen lake filled up with rainwater, and the only option to lower it was discharging the lake, now brimming with algae, to the coasts. Why would a government agency take that risk when conditions favored toxic algae blooms? Because policy explicitly prioritizes water supply for irrigation over human health and safety. Officials worried that the sugarcane industry’s water supply might be jeopardized, so they made the decision to place people in jeopardy instead. The policy is wrong. The lake should have been kept lower, no matter whether the reason was to avoid discharging billions of gallons of toxin-filled water into coastal communities or to avoid piling too much behind an unstable dam above Glades communities. If either or both of those were priorities, there’s a fair chance none of this would be happening. But it is. Toxic algae is blanketing Lake Okeechobee, lining our rivers, churning into the Atlantic and the Gulf. We’re less than a week into summer 2018. Will the blooms get worse? More toxic? Will rains or storms increase the discharges? Is there anything we can do other than wait and hope? There is. Our federal and state government can declare an emergency and stop private companies’ from adding their runoff into the water system to clear room for lake water to be diverted into stateowned filtration facilities instead of into populated communities. If that had been done a month ago, the difference might have prevented this year’s discharges. Why are private companies allowed to monopolize a public system that could be used to keep people safe? It’s time more of us--and our elected leaders--asked that. From bullsugar.org. Next up: Study Finds The Cause Of Algae Blooms And The Results Stink, fau.edu. Get involved and make your voice heard before it is too late, (or is it?)! Ed Bertha


                 

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By Lori Collins Rodriguez and Helaine Giddens

Are you thinking of selling your home?

"Whether selling your home or moving across country,

SELLER BEWARE! REASONS FSBO ARE A BAD IDEA! Homeowners obviously know their homes better than anyone, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best salespersons for their properties. Some sellers are tempted to try a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) transaction because their local community is in the midst of a sellers’ market and they think they can sell easily without help. Others try the FSBO route because they want to maximize their profits and avoid paying a commission to a Realtor. However, statistics show that selling your home with the assistance of a professional real estate agent will garner you a higher profit, enough to cover the commission as well as put more money in your pocket. According to the National Association of Realtor’s 2017 Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the average FSBO sales price was $190,000, while the average price for a home represented by an agent was $250,000, a difference of $60,000! Why to Sell With a Realtor Choosing to sell with a professional rather than on your own makes sense for a variety of reasons: •

Realtors have access to market data about recent sales and other homes on the market. Studies show that homes priced right when they’re first listed sell more quickly and for a higher price than those that linger on the market. Realtors can show your home when you aren’t available, can respond to inquiries from potential buyers and their agents, and can get valuable feedback from visitors - all things that save you time.

Realtors can look at your home objectively and suggest ways to improve its appearance - by staging and minor repairs - so it appeals to more buyers.

Buyers typically prefer to look at

a home without the seller present so they can feel more comfortable exploring the rooms and visualizing themselves in the property. At an FSBO sale, the seller must be present. •

Realtors can screen visitors to your home, which provides a measure of safety that FSBO sellers don’t have. In addition, by checking to see if the buyers are legitimate and can afford to purchase your home, a Realtor can help you avoid wasting time showing your home to unrealistic buyers. Realtors have connections with other Realtors who work with buyers, and the support of a brokerage that can market your home more widely than you can as an individual. Realtors can help you negotiate a contract that not only garners you an appropriate price for your home, but that meets your needs for a settlement date and perhaps includes a period when you rent back your home from your buyer. In addition, a Realtor can make sure your contract is in compliance with all local regulations.

we are your real estate results team!" (L) Lori Collins Rodriguez (941) 320.6164 loricsarabay@aol.com

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FSBO Dangers Most buyers today work with a buyers’ agent to represent their interests. If you choose to sell your home on your own, you’ll be negotiating with a professional and relying on your own skill to finalize a contract. Not only could you end up selling your home for less money, you could leave yourself open to potential legal problems unless you have the contract vetted by an experienced real estate attorney. FSBO transactions can be successful, of course, but 90 percent of homeowners prefer to work with a professional rather than risk an unsatisfactory home selling experience.

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BY LAUREL JAMES

Two Steps to Clearing Space DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE SOME BREATHING ROOM EVERY DAY TO STOP AND TAKE A MOMENT TO COLLECT YOUR THOUGHTS? DO YOU HAVE SPACES IN YOUR HOME THAT ARE CLEAR OF CLUTTER TO UNWIND AND JUST BE? Making time to stop and just be, is the first step. It gives you time to clear your mind, hear the essence of your inner self and focus on what you do want. Stop and take breathing time for you self each day. Breathing is the foundation of our dwelling place. Take several deep breaths and let your busy details of you lives go. Relax into your environment. Have no agenda for this moment of time. Sit, listen and feel the quiet. Even if thoughts are running through your mind, that’s okay. Just breathe. It will help to clean and clear you mind.

Think of clearing your mind as going to the “Peaceful Mind Gym” at a specific time for a certain number of times each week. We go to Gyms to work out, get exercise and get healthier; why not take time for your mind to relax and clear the clutter? Take time to feel your breath. Sweep through all of your thoughts good and bad, and let the clutter go. Having the free space in your mind, clears the way for you to listen to your heart and to hear what you want and need in your environment. The key is finding the quiet space in your physical home. You may also need to set boundaries for your family members to not disturb you for a set amount of time. Ten to twenty minutes once a day is a good goal. Starting with ten minutes and working your way up is a realistic

way to find your comfort level. Just like going to the gym, you don’t want to overdo it on the first day!

When we pay attention to the act of breathing, we permit ourselves access to our minds and hearts, allowing certainty and clarity to enter our experiences. To achieve a peaceful home consider the airplane safety instructions analogy; “Put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others.’ If we know who we are in our inner worlds, it will be clearer how we want our outer surroundings to support us.

The second part is to clearing one space in your home that feels cluttered. Just take one area that is really distracting you. An

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example of a clutter area in my own home is my drop off area; the place where I come in, throw my purse, mail, receipts, change, things to return and things I am going to fix one day. You know the place. We all have this area somewhere in our homes. I call this the “drop off and launching area.” It is usually somewhere near where you enter your home. Often it is a desk area, a kitchen spot, a place near the garage


entrance or sometimes even in your bedroom. If you are feeling over whelmed in this area it is a great place to start to clear the clutter!

My drop off and launching area is in a tucked away corner on my kitchen counter. When the junk begins to stack up, I put the mail and receipts away in the correct files. Then I weed through the recyclable stuff and the things to give or throw away. The rest of the stuff to do “someday” slides right into my junk drawer. It gets it off the counter and I know the drawer can only hold so much before I have to clean it out! Keeping the kitchen counter clean is important because it is the main social hub of anyone’s home. Having clear space there supports your friends, family and yourself in your home.

Like the smell of fresh air in a forest, a clear environment and a few minutes of quiet time can change our mood in an instant. Let go of the clutter in your mind and clear away the things in your living space that no longer serves

you. Also, the physical distractions in your home are not as disturbing when your mind is clear. Achieving breathing room in both your inner and outer places will brings you grounding and clarity for your Home.

Laurel James is a graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design and spent her first twenty career years as a nationally certified Interior Designer. She is the Author of Interiorology - How to Create a Living Space that Reflects the True You and has lectured on the ART of Living. She now

is a Wellness Advocate leader for doTERRA essential oils and a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor.

Laurel believes that “Just as a flower blooms in the right environment, so do we in the right living space.” She is passionate about essential oils and wellness to help us flourish in our homes.

Laurel will be presenting at the REAL Exclusive Magazine Business Builder Event, featuring All Faiths Food Bank, August 22, 2018 6-9pm on Healthy Happy Homes with essential oils. She is also a part of Four Pillars Wellness Center where a staff of professionals are there for you to discover a holistic approach to self-care. Contact FourPillarsFlorida.com for more information.

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REAL | news Alyssa Acquaviva Joins Williams Parker Williams Parker announced the addition of Alyssa L. Acquaviva to the firm’s trusts and estates department.

Acquaviva obtained an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida College of Law, a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Acquaviva focuses her practice on South Florida Honors College. estate planning and estate and trust For more information on Williams administration. Parker call (941) 366.4800 or visit Prior to joining the firm, she served www.williamsparker.com. as a judicial intern to the Honorable Susan C. Bucklew of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida and to Magistrate Cadigan of the Florida Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court.

Alyssa Acquaviva (941) 356.2029 aacquaviva@williamsparker. com

Pascone’s Ristorante Opens Judi Stanley brings her 25 plus years of AAA 4 Diamond experience to Sarasota. Rejoining Judi is Chef William Sellner who helped her build Michelle’s Fine Dining into its Four Diamond status. Chef William had departed after 8 years in the seasonal market with Judi to work full time, most recently as the executive chef for the Polo Club Wellington, Florida for the past 11 years. Together they are bringing an exciting blend to the Pascone’s menu. Ranging from the traditional authentic Italian dishes with exquisite sauces to tantalizing

items like Chateaubriand, a two pound Maine Lobster Thermidor, Seafood Paella, Italian Latkes and of course her famous Chocolate Bag for desert. A full bar, engaging wine selections, a special event room and the fun dining experience of a Chef ’s Table add to the opportunities for the guest to select the best way to have a fun Italian dining adventure. Pascone’s Ristorante is located at 5239 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34201. Open Daily 5-10pm, Happy Hour 4:30-5:30pm.

Pascone’s Ristorante (941) 210.7368 www.Pascones.com

Will McComb & Kelly Roberts Recognized As Super Lawyers Berlin Patten Ebling announced that attorneys William C. McComb, Esq. and Kelly Roberts, Esq. were selected to be part of the 2018 Super Lawyers Florida Rising Stars list, an honor reserved only for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice and are in the top 2.5% of practicing young attorneys in the state of Florida.

The firm is honored to have both Will and Kelly be selected by the publication, which is one of the most prestigious and trusted legal rating publications.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Will was also a recipient of the 2016 patented selection process includes and 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star independent research, peer awards for Real Estate Law and nominations and peer evaluations. Kelly received the 2015, 2016 and 2017 awards for Creditor Debtor Rights.

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REAL | news Jo Ann Koontz Installed As AAA-CPA President

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organizations, and taxation. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ohio Northern University in 2001, where she specialized in accounting. Ms. Koontz commented, “This is a Koontz obtained her Juris Doctor huge accolade and I am honored to from Ohio Northern University in serve in this role and follow in the 2006. footsteps of those before me. The AAA-CPA provides vast amounts She represents clients in a wide of support and education to its variety of business and real estate members and gives the public the matters, including commercial and opportunity to access a unique residential real estate transactions, pool of expertise. I am committed S corporation, partnership and LLC to ensuring its continued growth, formation and reorganizations and effectivity and success.” the tax implications of business and real estate transactions, including Koontz is a Sarasota, FL based purchases and sales of assets and attorney and CPA practicing in equity interests. the areas of real estate, business

Jo Ann Koontz (941) 225.2615 joann@koontzassociates.com

Loeffler & Rooks Morris Group Formed Premier Sotheby’s International Realty announced the partnership of Cheryl Loeffler and Lisa Rooks Morris to form the Loeffler & Rooks Morris Group. Their combined individual sales volume totaled over $117 million in 2017. Originally from Alexandria, Va., Lisa Rooks Morris vacationed on Lido Key as a child with her family. She obtained an undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina and received master’s degree from Loyola University. She made Sarasota her full-time home

in 2000 and began her career in real estate the following year. As a consistent multimillion-dollar producer throughout her career, Cheryl Loeffler has achieved more than $2.5 billion in sales since 1986 and is dedicated to helping her clients find their own piece of paradise. Loeffler holds an MBA and has an extensive background in marketing and finance.

Lisa Rooks Morris (L) (941) 544.3332 lisa.rooksmorris@premiersir.com

Cheryl Loeffler (R) (941) 302.9674 cheryl.loeffler@premiersir.com

Paradise Properties Team Lands At Palmer House Realty Palmer House Properties announces the partnership of Judy Mazrin and Colleen Stone, a top producing team from Berkshire Hathaway with one of their closest competitors, Patricia Guenther from Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, also a top producer in her office. Their combined individual sales volume in 2017 totaled over $26 million.

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for each other’s companies kept this on the back burner. Recently after spending time researching companies with a desire to continue to grow and give the best service possible to their clients they decided to move their affiliations to Palmer House Properties. (LtR) Judy Mazrin, GRI, PA, 941922-7030, judymazrin@comcast. net, Colleen Stone, 610-703-1369, yourhomeinvenice@gmail.com, or Patricia Guenther, 941-961-3570, pat101@comcast.net

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By Norm Luppino

Architect Ralph Twitchell – The Making Of A Sarasota Legend Ralph Twitchell’s name is best associated as being the “Father of the Sarasota School of Architecture”. He is also noted for having practiced with two of the nation’s most renown 20th century architects. The first was with prominent New York’s society architect Dwight Baum, whose credits in Sarasota include John and Mabel Ringling’s Ca’ d’Zan and the Sarasota Courthouse. In the late 1940’s, Twitchell teamed with Paul Rudolph, who went on to become internationally famous as one of world’s most acclaimed modernist architects during the 1960’s and 70’s. exteriors were embellished with arched windows and doorways, wrought iron balconies and grille work, twisted and scroll motifs, and tree shaded walled patios. Garages and servants’ quarters were charmingly grouped in the rear of the residences, suggesting picturesque peasant houses of southern Europe. Broughton Street are considered by many to be the most attractive grouping of houses in the region. With a vision to build a community of homes reflecting the old-world glamor of Spain and Italy, in 1925 Twitchell purchased 13 lots in the bay side section of Whitfield Estates. To accommodate his building designs, he reconfigured hroughout his career, which spanned six decades, Twitchell them into 12 new lots and named his venture “Revellan Gardens at designed some of the area’s Whitfield Estates”. most prominent buildings and structures, including the Lido Construction of the first four Beach Casino, the layout for St Armands Circle, and many custom houses began in early 1926 during residences primarily on Siesta Key. the height of the famous Florida Land Boom. As construction As Dwight Baum’s apprentice, he proceeded, the plans he designed was the on-site architect for Ca’ meant nothing more than “a piece d’Zan during its construction. of paper”. For as the frames and But one aspect of Ralph Twitchell’s masonry grew into shape, new ideas inspired new designs so that career not well known is that this legendary post-modernist Sarasota upon their completion, each home only slightly resembled its original architect had his beginnings in design. Manatee County as an architect and builder of traditional style They were as individual as four homes in Whitfield Estates. homes on four corners of the Nestled among stately oak and earth, yet harmonious as four giant Cuban Laurel trees, the four Twitchell-designed Mediterranean homes should be that stands Revival Style residences that front side by side. Their Spanish style

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Each 2-story house contained eight rooms, featuring beamed ceilings, quaint fireplaces, pecky cypress walls, iron grill work, and classical arched doorways. As builder, Twitchell’s craftsmanship and personal labor was reflected throughout. Entry floors of beautiful slate mined from


REAL | estate quarries of Vermont, rarely used in the south, were laid by Twitchell himself. Floors of wormy oak planks and woodwork and beams of pecky cypress, were treated by Twitchell’s own method to make them authoritatively antique. An untimely rail freight embargo in 1926 curtailed the delivery of materials and forced contractors to finish their own lumber and make their own door trims, doors, and baseboards. So highly regarded for their design and setting, the homes were featured in the September 1927 issue of Arts and Decoration, a prestigious publication of international importance. Titled “Old World Glamor in New Florida World”, the article described the homes as “all having the glamor and artistic tradition of the past... like a scene for a sixteenth century romance.” Unfortunately, the events that followed were far from glamorous. With the unexpected collapse of the Land Boom, the market for Florida home buyers disappeared. Unable to sell the houses, Twitchell and his family took up residence in one until 1936 and rented the other three for more

than a decade. The remaining eight homes he planned were never built. In a taped interview prior to his death, Twitchell sadly recounted that his Ravellan Gardens endeavor was a financial disaster, having come out with less than fifteen percent of his investment, including his personal labor and design work. Today the four houses proudly represent an architecture style popularized during one of Florida’s most exciting eras. While some

modifications have occurred during the past 90 years, the homes retain their architectural integrity and exceptional setting. In 1993, these distinctive residences were listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Whitfield Estates Broughton Street Historic District for their notable architectural style, their important contribution to the 1920’s Florida Land Boom, and for their association with master architect Ralph Twitchell. ----Norm Luppino is a licensed real estate professional for SaraBay Real Estate. A resident of Sarasota since 1986, Norm is a native of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Michigan State University. Norm has been featured in Sarasota Magazine as a Five-Star Real Estate Agent for Best in Client Satisfaction the past four years.

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Tandoor

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A Sacred Communion Nourishing Body And Soul

f you have that sudden craving for authentic and healthy Northern Indian cuisine in a relaxed and friendly setting where the dining experience is both an exotic journey and a feast fit for a king, then you’ve come to the right place at Tandoor. Named after a type of clay oven used in Northern India, the word immediately conjures up images of delectable slow-roasted meats and flat breads. Head chef and owner Poonam Maini believes that it is her destiny to serve mankind as a chef and as a restaurateur. Inspired by her father, who was a passionate cook, she learned all her culinary techniques from her parents. Straight from the cookbook of Poonam and her family, all the dishes at Tandoor are based on time-honored traditional family recipes. Aromatic herbs and spices are specially selected for both their flavors and for their Ayurvedic healing properties. Our evening meal started with a silver tray of 3 appetizers: Vegetable Samosas, crisp pyramid-shaped pastries filled with potatoes and peas; Aloo Tikki, spiced potato patties fried to a golden brown; and Pakora, a delightful union of fresh onions, green peppers, potatoes, and spinach dipped in chickpea flour batter and fried till golden brown. Accompanying the appetizers were dipping sauces—Tamarind Sauce, Coriander and Mint Chutney, and Sweet Mango Chutney. These traditional sauces cut through the oil in the fried starters to dish called Saag Paneer. Cubes of home-made Indian cheese, paneer, swim in harmonious delight in fresh creamy spinach. This is a highly popular dish that is served in every Punjabi restaurant and in Indian temples. Flavor enhancing spices used here include turmeric, coriander, cumin and garam masala, which is an aromatic bouquet of cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom seeds, and black cardamom seeds. Garlic naan and the floral fragrance of steamed basmati rice that accompanied our Saag Paneer heightened our enjoyment of this beautiful dish. Tandoor’s unique combination of traditional aromatic spices used made this version one of the best that we’ve eaten.

bring out their best flavors. Ideal for countering the heat and spice in our appetizers, Raita, a cool and creamy yogurt dip containing cucumber and mint was offered to us to cleanse the palate and prepared our senses for the dishes to come. Our first entrée was a most delicious and nutritious vegetarian 24 | REAL EXCLUSIVE | GetRealExclusive.com

Poonam had us try her Papadom, crisp pepper-spiked lentil crackers usually served roasted or fried. Tandoor’s version was not oily at all and we found ourselves becoming quite addicted to its salty and spicy crunchiness. We’ve heard that fans of Tandoor come from far and wide for her house favorite, Chicken Makhani, popularly known as


and immersed in saffron flavored sugar syrup. Rasmalai, sweet and tender dumplings of cottage cheese served in sweetened milk flavored with rose essence, pistachios, saffron, and cardamom. Mango Ice Cream, creamy ice cream made from real Indian mango pulp. Kheer, Indian rice pudding, pan roasted basmati rice cooked in milk flavored with saffron and cardamom. While these Indian desserts may be found in almost every eatery that serves Indian cuisine, Tandoor’s sweets were several notches above many that we’ve tasted. Their flavors were more intense, their textures were creamier, and yet subtle on the taste buds and did not overpower our senses with cloying sweetness. Butter Chicken. It was easy to see why. A Northern Indian specialty, Poonam has white meat chicken cubes marinated overnight, roasted in the tandoor, and folded into a rich and creamy tomato-based makhani sauce. While Poonam’s recipe remains a fiercely guarded secret, we could detect butter, heavy cream, honey, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and garam marsala merging with the holy trinity of ginger, onion, and garlic that gave her Butter Chicken an irresistible flavor and a subtle sweetness that is virtually impossible to resist. If you have to order just one dish for the rest of your life, this is it! Sizzling on a hot plate, our gracious host presented her Tandoori Platter—a sampler assortment of roasted specialties that included Chicken Tandoori, succulent chicken on the bone marinated overnight in Tandoor’s house yogurt and a spice and ginger-garlic paste mixture; Seekh Kabab, minced lamb marinated overnight in a bouquet of aromatic herbs, onion paste and fresh spices; Chicken Hariyali Kebab, white meat chicken marinated with freshly ground cilantro and mint in house-made yogurt and spices; and Tandoor Shrimp, marinated in mild spices, house yogurt, and gingergarlic paste, skewered and slow roasted in the tandoor. Indian cuisines are famous for their desserts. Sweet offerings are often offered to the gods and consumed at holy festivals to ensure a sweet life and a fruition of prayers for the devotee. We made sounds of pure delight as Poonam presented us with her famous foursome! Gulab Jamun, round dumplings made from fresh condensed milk, fried till golden brown

Our dining experience at Tandoor was far more about eating out. It was totally about the sacred communion of honoring our bodies and giving thanks for the opportunity to nourish our physical and spiritual selves with healing herbs and spices. All throughout dinner, we felt the authentic soul of the chef radiating through the flavors, aromas, taste, and brilliant colors of the dishes presented. Poonam’s vibrant energy imbued the space with a sweet and

sacred vibe that made us all feeling inspired and grateful for a most wonderful dinner that’s filled with divine love. We believe our gracious host has fulfilled her destiny! Tandoor is a proud sponsor of Share Care Global. The restaurant donates 10 percent of its gross sales to this charity in India. Don’t forget to let them know Kim and Sandra sent you! Tandoor 8453 Cooper Creek Blvd Bradenton, FL 34201 (941) 926-3077 www.tandoorsarasota.net Lunch Daily 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Dinner Sunday - Thursday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Friday - Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


REAL | perspectives

By Bill Henry

The Emerging Trends In Retail And Commercial Real Estate The keynote addresses delivered by retail and commercial real estate experts at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) annual RECON conference in Las Vegas last month can be boiled down into three major themes: 1) The oversupply of single purpose retail space is causing the repurposing of large underperforming retail properties to other uses The United States has the highest amount of single purpose retail space in the world. Per recent census numbers, for every man, woman, and child, the US has more than twice the retail space per capita than any other developed country. The market in developing countries is driving the construction of ground up retail centers to narrow the gap. Thus awards for ground up, cutting edge designs, with the exception of California, seem to be centered in South America, Eastern Europe, energy-rich Middle Eastern countries, and the Far Eastern Asian countries. Ground up, new retail space construction in the US is trending downward. However,

the re-purposing of large existing retail properties land uses other than retail is on the rise.

Hospitality and short term stay facilities. Both Marriott and Hilton representatives at RECon are looking for high value retail centers to place hospitality venues in order to provide more services to their guests, such as retail shopping and food and beverage consumption opportunities within walking distance of the hotel for guests. In turn these guests can drive more retail and dining sales revenues.

Medical outpatient surgery centers and affiliated medical offices. Medical providers are seeking space to place more outpatient service centers and physicians are seeking to collocate their offices with these facilities that offer a variety of procedures.

Corporate and government office “work place” developments. These segments have historically been slowly integrated into retail spaces as they became vacant due to the relocation of anchor stores. Expect this tendency to continue or accelerate.

Food, beverage, and entertainment venues. These spaces are those that compliment live-work-play mixed use communities. While traditionally they have been located in retail centers, expect this trend to increase over the next several years since various casual dining venues continue to appeal to middle income families without time to cook meals at home.

2) Pure internet sales are not siphoning retail sales from traditional “brick and mortar” retailers as many may think The percentage of overall pure internet retail sales not affiliated with traditional retail stores hovers at roughly 5% of the total of all retail sales in the US. The impact of internet sales has been to further freeze the ground up construction of enclosed malls and large open air centers. The US has an oversupply of retail space from over development in years past. 3) Repurposing of existing large, singlepurpose retail centers to mixed use developments is increasing The value of under performing developed retail centers into new vibrant mixed land use themes include: •

Residential multi-family complexes. Rental garden apartments typically require at least 7-8 acres in order to yield at least 160 units. Anything less will not be economically feasible in most markets.

The message of the speakers at RECon to brokers, retail developers, architects, attorneys, and other retail professionals is the following: •

In order to attract the interest of these diverse users and potential lessees, become more familiar with industry terms outside your normal comfort zone such as “dwellings units per acre”, “Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) criteria”, as well as remaining cognizant of the value of retail “front footage”. William “Bill” Henry RGA Design, LLC (813) 226.2220 ext. 204 whenry@rga-design.com www.rga-design.com

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Women’s Council of Realtors Sarasota 25 Years of Fashion

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By Ed Bertha - Photography By Christine Nicole Photography In the 1930’s the real estate community witnessed an influx of women working in the real estate industry. In 1938 the Women’s Council of Realtors was established with 37 founding members. Today the Women’s Council is a nationwide community of over 12,000 real estate professionals, including many of the best and brightest in the business. The Women’s Council’s vision is “Through our influence as successful business professionals, women will effect positive change in the profession and in the broader community”. Julia Montei, current President of the Women’s Council of Realtors Sarasota shares, “As one of the strongest networks in the Realtor family, the Council seeks to distribute information to its membership that is relevant, timely, and furthers the goals of the Realtor organization. Sarasota’s currently membership is made up of 80% Realtors and 20% business partners. Our membership continues to grow.” She continues, “The Women’s Council is made up of a high percentage of successful, professional Realtors. Statistics show members earn more than two times the average Realtor, are in business 25% longer than the average Realtor and generate 50% of their business from referrals. Women’s Council members send and receive referrals with confidence, knowing that their values are shared when it comes to providing outstanding service to their clients.” Women’s Council members are known as leaders in business, the industry and the communities they serve. 62% of their nationwide members hold local community leadership positions, 17% of the National Association of Realtors Board of Directors are Council members, 18% of the National Association of Realtors Committee slots are held by Council members and 10% of Local and State Realtor Association Presidents are members of the Women’s Council of Realtors. In today’s changing marketplace, with demanding customers and tough competition, you can’t do it alone. Not only do you need to be connected to the top professionals in the industry, but also to the cutting-edge training, real estate industry information and wealth-building strategies that will build your real estate business and secure your future. When you join Women’s Council, you tap into powerful programs that yield tangible results for you and your business. The following are just a few of the benefits of belonging.


Networking and Referrals A Women’s Council membership opens up a whole new world of networking opportunities through local network programs and special events. In addition, the backbone of their member network is the Women’s Council’s online Referral Center, a world-class database designed to connect you to colleagues in this trusted network of professionals. Each Women’s Council member receives a free Member Expertise Profile in the Referral Center to capture industry involvement and community leadership, as well as professional specializations, cities served, education and direct links to social media profiles. Julia adds, “The profiles benefit our members in two important ways; First, it allows us to collaborate across brokerages nationally. Second, Women’s Council of Realtors referrals provide a continuing source of income.” Pathway to Leadership As a proud affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, Women’s Council is integral in developing local, state and national leaders who serve on various prestigious positions contributing to the real estate industry, their communities and beyond. Julia emphasizes, “Opportunities exist to volunteer and develop leadership skills at all levels of the organization, enhancing your professional reputation and further honing skills that make involvement an integral part of developing personal and professional leadership traits.” Support System At Women’s Council, you’ll experience a world-class support system like no other. You’ll belong to a network of more than 12,000 motivated, professional and high-achieving real estate professional women and men who understand that you’re never too experienced to learn something new or too successful to provide sound advice to your peers. The camaraderie, energy and collaboration among members is unparalleled in the industry, resulting in a membership experience like no other. 75% of Council members support the Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) versus 33% of non-member Realtors, making a difference in legislation impacting the industry. Women’s Council Savings Center Women’s Council offers premium and exclusive products and services, at outlet prices. Current offers include exclusive savings for top quality

the PMN certification very visible and ensures we have access to those agents with the PMN skill set,” Ms. Montei adds.

products and services which includes some of the world’s most recognized brands. Exclusive “members only” discounts have been negotiated on your behalf, with suppliers recognizing the leadership, success, and purchasing power of Women’s Council members.

Women’s Council encourages members to get involved, because they understand that participation translates to personal growth and leadership development. Women’s Council meets you where you are in your skill development and provides the tools and assistance to take your real estate career to the next level. At Women’s Council of Realtors, they stand for professional excellence, whether you are cultivating business opportunities, acquiring new skills to meet the future head-on or expanding your own potential for leadership and life success.

Visibility to Consumers Women’s Council is an outstanding peer network and support system that enhances your professional credibility. Julia recounts, “Your membership in the Women’s Council showcases your leadership in business and your community, increases your sales volume, offers a networking of likeminded professionals and shows your dedication to the industry.”

Currently the drive is on for one of Women’s Council Sarasota’s annual fund raisers, THE FASHION SHOW. This year is the biggest and best to date, Couturier & Canines, calling all Fashionistas and Animal Lovers! Share in the Council’s commitment to supporting the Humane Society of Sarasota County by joining them Wednesday, September 5th at the Hyatt Regency for the Fashion Show/ Luncheon. Julia proudly adds, “This is our event’s 25th anniversary and it continually gets bigger and better each year. Get your tickets and tables before they are all gone.”

eConnect Newsletter As the official voice of Women’s Council, eConnect includes profiles of the most influential women in real estate, as well as the latest practical tips and techniques on growing your business. This digital newsletter is emailed to Council members monthly.

Getting involved in the Women’s Council of Realtors is one of the best decisions you can make if you are serious about advancing a professional career in real estate. Being a partner with the Women’s Council of Realtors will expand your business possibilities and create long lasting relationships.

Performance Management Network (PMN) As the Women’s Council’s official Realtors designation, the Performance Management Network provides the real-world skills that you need to face an evolving market. Designed by some of real estate’s best and brightest minds, PMN courses dig deep into the hot topics that are driving the market and shaping your business. Covering topics such as leadership, negotiating, networking and business planning, the PMN’s suite of professional performance training courses are focused on keeping your business out front and on top of an ever-changing market. “Our national website makes

Closing Julia shares, “Women’s Council of Realtors is continually evolving their technology keeping members current with all the changes going on in the market. Curious to what else the Women’s Council has to offer? Ask Amazon’s Alexa why you should get involved, what are the benefits, what’s in it for you if you join.” Women’s Council of Realtors Sarasota P.O. Box 3621 Sarasota, FL 34230 (941) 702.3098 www.wcr.org/chapter-sites/florida/ sarasota


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With Lumbie Mlambo

3 Reasons A Balanced Life Is A Better Life

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At Work And At Home, Success Depends On Finding Equilibrium, Stroke Survivor Lumbie Mlambo Shares

ife sometimes can seem off kilter as responsibilities mount and people plow all their physical and mental resources into what seems to be the most pressing crisis of the moment. But Lumbie Mlambo says that’s a good time to take a step back. Everyone has the potential to shine in life’s darkest moments, but the key to achieving goals and an overall better existence is to maintain a balance so that one aspect of your life isn’t consumed by another. While some people might say balance in life is an impossible goal, she disagrees and says when each of us find our equilibrium, we become more productive and a greater asset to our communities. “There’s balance in everything we do, be it walking, talking, eating, sleeping, working or spending time with family,” says Mlambo, editor of Equanimity Magazine (www.equanimitymag.com), an online publication that features inspiring stories of life and success. “For example, look at how we try to deal with our work-life situation. We balance our workload so that we can still make room for other activities, to spend more time with our spouses or our children. We do that because we understand how important it is.”

• The empathy factor. When we find balance in life, we can better understand the importance of helping the underprivileged, says Mlambo, who grew up in a rural area in Zimbabwe. You begin to realize that someday you could be in their situation, which makes you a more empathetic person. “Your economic situation is like your health,” she says. “Nothing is guaranteed.” • The role-model factor. Sharing our stories – whether it’s a tale of success or even a tale of failure – is important because others can learn from us or be inspired by us as they too strive for a balanced life. “When you tell your story, it empowers, motivates and encourages people to not give up on their dreams and goals,” Mlambo says. “Maybe you think your story is just not that interesting or important. But for someone out there, it may be the spark that ignites them to great things.” Mlambo always strove to find balance in her life. But she became even more passionate about it after she suffered a stroke in 2001 that left her partially paralyzed. She since has recovered, but says the event had a profound impact on her and she will always consider herself a stroke patient.

“Before the stroke, I thought my life was balanced in a way,” she says. “I mean, I ate healthy foods. I exercised seven days a week. But it was not balanced in the way I wanted. I had been too focused on myself. I realized She offers these reasons for why living a that life was not just about me, but balanced life is essential. about others.” • The health factor. Staying balanced is a key to a healthier and successful life. Both mental health and physical health benefit, and as a result, so do our overall lives. “When we’re healthy, we’re able to care for ourselves and others in our community,” Mlambo says.

Finding balance in life isn’t just a feelgood concept, Mlambo says. As people achieve balance, they realize they have the potential to rise above their circumstances. They can become more productive in their communities and that is good for everyone.

“Staying proactive and shifting the way we think can even help the economy to grow and can help create more jobs,” she says. Certainly, maintaining a balanced life may be tougher than ever because technology allows work – emails, text messages, telephone calls – to intrude on people’s “off” hours. But that’s just all the more reason to make a concerted effort to strive for balance, Mlambo says. She says it’s become popular in some circles to argue that a balanced life is a myth and can’t be achieved. But regardless of their views, she says, most people seem to be trying to bring balance to their lives, even if they don’t think of it that way. “We eat healthy to stay balanced, we get enough sleep or rest to avoid stress, we juggle our daily activities to stay balanced,” Mlambo says. “To be successful in anything we do, we must have some sort of balance.” About Lumbie Mlambo Lumbie Mlambo is editor of Equanimity Magazine (www.equanimitymag.com), a lifestyle publication that shares the stories of “real people and their search to lead better lives.” She also has a background in project management, computer/software engineering and business analysis. She holds an associate degree in computer science from Indiana University South Bend; and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Texas Woman’s University. She is multilingual, speaking English, Zulu, Ndebele and French. Lumbie Mlambo (800) 338.4319 www.equanimitymag.com

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REAL | profiles

Christine Nicole

Exist In Portraits, Leave Your Legacy Behind! Meet Christine Nicole! A wife, mother, fur baby mom, a best friend, and of course a Photographer. She loves to cook, travel, work out and going to the movies. Yes, buttered popcorn please! Photography and began doing on location portraiture. It was in 2015 that Christine set out on a quest to find the perfect location for Christine Nicole Photography and the perfect studio location she found. Located at 253 S. Links Avenue, Sarasota, FL this charming Towles

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hey say a picture is worth a thousand words, and no one knows more about that than Christine Nicole, owner of Christine Nicole Photography. Her mantra, “Exist in portraits, leave your legacy behind.” When it comes to portrait photography, Christine is the best. Her ability to capture an individual’s or families’ life through the lens is magical.

Court two story building, built in 1920, would eventually be the perfect studio for her. Christine describes its renovation as a ‘labor of love” - a complete renovation to represent its true historical beauty. She had a vision from the beginning and knew exactly what she wanted. She had a color pallet in mind, and while the painter didn’t always agree with her, she stayed strong in her vision. The outcome was exactly, what she had envisioned. Hot pink shutters it is! Step inside her boutique studio and experience the charming ambiance of the old 1920 doors, the crystal chandeliers and beautiful antique furnishings.

Christine Nicole may not have set out to be a photographer, but that’s exactly what she has become. She got bit by the “shutter bug” in the 4th grade when she received her first Kodak disk camera from her mom, remember those? She smiles, “I just loved it! I took it to school and took pictures of everyone & everything.” Her passion for photography blossomed in 2003 when she saw how her images brought joy into people lives. “I took notice of my passion to provide families and friends with images they could have of their loved ones and could see the joy that it brought them”, she replies.

If you’re looking for a one of a kind keepsake and a portrait is your thing, the upstairs studio offers that natural lighting perfect for photographing that beautiful someone. While Christine used to do weddings and portraits, she has decided to focus more on the portrait side of the business, providing a more exclusive experience for her clients. She services the following portrait clients: beauty, boudoir, head shots, high school seniors and families. Her portrait sessions include in person style consultation, professional hair and makeup, reveal session and installation of all artwork. Christine states “the sessions are fun!” We will laugh and make beautiful portraits!”

In 2005 Christine followed her passion for Portrait

Here’s what one client is saying. “Christine is the best! We


children walk through the big old wooden doors. Priceless! Christine would like you to know if you would like to sign up to see Santa this year she is sharing a special code with you. Please use “REALMAGAZINE” to save when checking out at www.christinenicolephotography (limited edition portraits with Santa). Christine loves living in Sarasota and loves giving back to the community and organizations. She is a thankful to have a career where she can meet such amazing people and families. It is hard for her to think that she could be happier doing anything else. Simply put, Christine is just a girl that had a dream to own her own portrait business and never did she imagine that she would touch so many people’s lives to document their memories for them.

have been using her service for years. She has watched our kids grow and has been able to capture it all with her photos. People always ask who took all our pictures - only one answer, Christine Nicole Photography. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.” Christine loves having a dream job that allows her to hold a moment in time for someone to keep forever. She states. “We live in a world now where all our images/pictures are mainly in digital files, and with my business I have decided it’s important to give my clients a finished product, as well as digital files.” Christine takes pride in providing her clients with matted heirloom prints in beautiful keepsake box that they can display beautiful in their home. Christine reminds us how our children are the most photographed children in the World. With a digital world, our children will not grow up to see the many photos taken of them. Christine encourages us to print some photos of our children so they can share a memory with their children one day too! Of Christine’s drive to give back she offer’s “Limited Edition Portraits with Santa” Each year little girls and little boys come to the boutique two-story studio with its hot pink shutters all decorated up for Christmas to visit with Santa. They write letters to Santa, talk with Santa, have milk and cookies and hot chocolate too. Christine loves to capture images of children seeing Santa for the first time and seeing the look on their parents faces when the

Christine loves what she does and hopes to have a chance to share this love with you. She promises an incredible portrait experience and concludes. “What better reward than to be able to give someone the gift of a portrait” Christine Nicole Photography 253 S Links Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 (727) 599.1073 www.ChristineNicolePhotography.com www.SarasotaHeadshotPhotographer By: Becca Towery Photography By: Christine Nicole


REAL | style

By Becca Z. Towery

SNEAKER Mania! Sneakers are acceptable footwear pretty much anywhere, from a polished day at the office to a slinky, sexy night at the bar. Ladies “we’re never, ever going to say goodbye to Sneakers as they are everywhere, everyday shoes.” So treat yourself to a couple of fabulous pairs this summer and walk the Sarasota streets in REAL Style! Take note - this year we are benching our beloved white sneaks in favor of fashionable-approved tennies. After fashion week, it’s clear that the top 2018 sneaker trends are anything but basic. Between “ugly” dad sneakers, refreshing pastels, and the reboot of the retro gum sole, we wouldn’t want to be caught dead in plain white low tops. Here are 6 Sneaker Trends every fashion girl will be wearing in 2018. These six styles have built up some major hype from sneakerheads and Instagram stars alike in only two short months. Trend #1: Dad Sneakers Clunky, orthopedic sneakers reminiscent of your dad’s sneakers are reappearing on runways with a slew of ’90s nostalgia from designers like Gucci, Balenciaga, and Acne Studios, with Skechers being

the OG inspiration. Street style stars are pairing these dad sneakers with polished trousers and feminine skirts and dresses, bringing normcore to center stage. Now that your comfortable commute shoes are in fashion, you can leave the pumps at home and wear these trainers all day— even to date night! Trend #2: Everything Nike Air Nike is back in a big way with a reboot of its throwback Air sneakers dominating street style, especially Nike Air Max 97s. If you take a look around Paris, New York, or Milan, you’ll see countless influencers rocking these classic kicks. Nike Air Jordans are also getting a modern update with femme details like suede, satin, and pretty pastels perfect for spring. With SZA fully backing the brand’s new era, we have no problem seeing why people are obsessed with these retro releases. But we’ll always have a soft spot for the Nike Air Force 1, especially with the Reimagined 1 collection featuring 10 distinct pair of sneakers re-designed by women for women.

with Converse and Vans featuring nothing but glitzy glitter sneakers. It-girl bloggers Julie Sarinana, Leandra Medine, and Annabelle Lefleur are in full support, sporting shimmery Golden Goose trainers all over town. Get in on the glam with all-over sparkle trainers or sneakers with subtle glitter details to add shine to your daily strut. Trend #5: Ice Cream Pastels We saw pastels all over the runways, from matching suits and floral dresses to macaron-colored handbags and sneakers in muted shades. Why not add these ice cream colorways to your footwear collection too? Aside from our favorite baby pink, sneaker brands have come out with dusty blues, minty greens, and powdery purples (hello, ultra violet) coupled with major platforms and lots of suede that will soon be dominating the streets. If your closet consists of comfortable neutrals, pastels are a good way to add subtle color to your wardrobe without going too bold or punch up a monochrome look.

Trend #3: Satin It’s no secret that satin is in this spring, but it’s showing up in unexpected places, like slip-on sneakers and running shoes. The satin sneaker trend is about to blow up even more with Puma’s ballet-inspired collection, En Pointe, sprinkled with softer versions of millennial pink and the prettiest satin material. Whether the girly low-top satin sneakers Selena Gomez models in Puma’s latest campaign or these Opening Ceremony lookalikes, we just can’t wait to dress up our favorite athleisure looks with a pair of fancy kicks.

Trend #6: Metallic Sneakers Don’t get me wrong — I love our white sneakers, and I always will, but metallic sneakers are becoming our new go-tos for dressing up a simple outfit. They give a fresh feel to even your most basic jeans and white T-shirt. Treat them like your new fave pair of earrings to avoid over-accessorizing with a flashy pair of kicks. Between silvery slip-ons, rose-gold platforms, and golden high-tops, metallic sneakers are slowly stealing our hearts (and dare I say replacing our classic Stan Smiths).

Trend #4: Glitter Sneakers We saw sparkly ankle boots for fall and glitterati eyeshadow for New Year’s Eve, but you can thank Gucci for giving life to the glitter sneakers trend with the release of its super sparkly Ace lace-ups. J.W. Anderson and Opening Ceremony followed suit with iconic collaborations

My Real Style readers & fellow fashion followers, you will not be able to ignore (or resist) these flashy kicks this Summer & Fall.

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By Sheila Venancia

Hair Accessories Hair accessories come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Many are great for securing your hairstyles, some are a good way of getting your bangs off your face, and others just work as hair adornments. Try what suits your look the best. Jaw Clips Jaw clips come in a range of sizes, so you’re likely to find one suitable for your hair’s length. Closer spaced teeth mean they’re more suitable for finer hair types. Mini jaw clips are a great way of separating pieces of hair. These work best for casual occasions, like when you’re running a few errands.

Pins If you’re going to pin your hair into a bun, you really need medium to long hair. Hairstyles like buns and chignons, created by pinning the hair, are lovely for special occasions because like other updos they effectively show off your neck, shoulders and cheekbones. A “classic chignon” and Chanel are supposedly synonymous, and with this style the bun’s worn a little lower on the neck.

Snap clips are good for securing pieces of hair that are any type and texture. Snap clips are really for casual looks, because they’re basically about securing layers or pieces of hair that would otherwise fall out of a ponytail or half up/updo.

Scarves and head wraps work with any length hair, and they’re good for disguising long hairstyles too (by tucking the length underneath). Fabric accessories that you wrap around your head, whether they’re knitted, silk, brightly colored, thin, thick or extra long, always create a hippy and boho look that is great for casual activities where you want to look a little more fashionable.

Generally, tiaras work best with medium hairstyles to long hairstyles. Definitely formal occasions only, like proms and weddings. Head Pieces

Headbands Headbands work with anything: long hairstyles, short hairstyles, big wavy or curly hairstyles, and straight hairstyles. If you want to scrape your hair back and get it out of your eyes, or separate the hair and create cool volume sections, the headband’s a great option. I’m not sure if headbands would work at formal occasions. They’re more casual and definitely good if you feel like being a fashionista. Keep your eyes on the trends.

Combs/French Combs

Scarves and Head Wraps

Tiaras

Head pieces are suitable for all hairstyles, and especially short hairstyles if you want something really noticeable. Head pieces can look very 1920’s and art-deco and are best suited for more fun dinner parties than gala events.

Snap Clip

Combs are great for styling medium and long hair. They’re a good way of creating an updo, or getting rid of your bangs if you’re growing them out. Combs are good for creating French twists and they’re great for securing ponytails and making them look a bit different (eg. securing the end of your ponytail and creating a fan effect, or what’s sometimes called a “topsy tail”).

Making sure your hair’s smooth, using a paddle brush and running the irons over the top section of your hair will add a classiness to your ponytail.

Barrette Barrettes are suitable for all hair lengths. Clip back bangs in shorter hair, or longer pieces in medium and long styles. When placed above the eyebrow a barrette can draw attention to short hair, and a decorative barrette can be quite dressy. Pulling a little hair from the clip is also a way to create a more sassy look. Elastics If your hair’s long enough for a ponytail, then a hair elastic’s for you. It’s a total fallacy to think that ponytails are just for casual occasions! No way!

Sticks Sticks work to secure buns and chignons in medium hairstyles to long hairstyles. They’re also a nice addition to plaits and French twists. Decorative sticks used in updos can look great at special occasions and formal events. They can also be worn as a funky and casual alternative to clips and combs. Hats Hats always give you the look of elegance and charm.....go crazy! Sheila Venancia International Hair Stylist (941) 822.2152 sheilasvs@hotmail.com Facebook - Sheila Venancia International Hair Stylist


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By Patricia Tan

Welcome! To Our Summer Real Estate Buyers

J

ust as our tourism market is becoming less seasonal, so too is our real estate market. The gap is narrowing between the number of transactions closed as a result of our winter seasonal visitors, and transactions closed during the steamy summer months. No sooner have we waved goodbye to our winter residents and visitors, then we start to greet summer tourists who come to sample our sunny shores. We hope they will stay a while and enjoy the Florida lifestyle. Many of our summer visitors will be from other countries, particularly European nations where the tradition of a long summer holiday persists. Walk around St Armand’s Circle and listen to the many different languages being spoken – French, Italian, Spanish, German, Norwegian, Swedish and Portuguese to name a few. Many of our international visitors will enjoy their time here so much, that they may look to purchase a home they can use for future vacations or retirement. Typically, international visitors will approach a real estate purchase with some trepidation. Unsure how our real estate market works and knowing only that the process of buying a property here must differ significantly from the customs in their home country. The smart buyers will look for guidance from professionals who understand how to work with international buyers and

help them avoid the many pitfalls which may be encountered along the way, such as understanding tax consequences, currency considerations, implications for property tax, homeowners insurance and immigration strategies. An international real estate professional will already have relationships in place with other local professionals in these related fields and be able to work as a team to meet a buyer’s personal and real estate objectives. So how can buyers identify a real estate agent who is skilled in international transactions? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has more than one million members and saw the need to differentiate those who wished to work in the international marketplace. About 20 years ago, NAR introduced the designation of Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and developed five days of targeted education to give their members the knowledge and tools to effectively work with overseas clients. An agent who has achieved the CIPS designation has attended classes, and also demonstrated experience in the international arena in other ways too. They may have lived or worked overseas, speak a foreign language, or be active in the international community. In addition to awarding the designation to U.S. Realtors, NAR have made it available to real estate professionals outside U.S.A.

laying the foundations for real estate practitioners around the world to work from the same foundations. More than 3,600 members of the CIPS network now span 45 countries, so the buyer’s search for an international agent to assist in the purchase of U.S. property could actually start in their home country! Here in the United States, CIPS designees make up less than 1% of the Realtor population but there is a heavy concentration in areas that attract a lot of foreign investment, such as Florida. Buyers can locate a CIPS by referring to the CIPS directory on www.Realtor.org NAR’s website, or by calling or visiting the local Association of Realtors. Knowledge and experience is certainly the key for a Realtor to provide outstanding service to an overseas buyer. It’s no longer enough for a real estate agent to understand the properties and neighborhoods in their local market. They must be up to date on market statistics, possible contractual issues, manage the challenges associated with financing and much more. In a transaction that involves an international buyer or seller of real estate, the knowledge and skills required to ensure a successful transaction are so much greater. Buyers are hungry for information to support their buying decisions. Buyers from outside U.S.A. should spend some time to select the right agent. Narrowing their search to only those agents who have achieved the CIPS designation will most certainly help. A properly qualified agent will help ensure a smooth and successful buying experience and avoid mistakes that could be costly in the future.

Patricia Tan, CIPS Coldwell Banker Residential, Real Estate (941) 504.9232 Pat@PatriciaTan.com

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916 N Casey Key Road, CASEY KEY MLS A4408082 • 6BR, 4/2BA, 5,318 sq ft • $ 7,975,000 Private Casey Key beachfront oasis! Three residence estate w/Gulf of Mexico or Bay views. Tropical lush landscaping surrounding this home make it feel like a botanical garden. Main residence has 3 bedrooms w/luxurious neutral marble throughout the main living areas. Features include custom wet bar, fireplace, pool, spa & lanai overlook the Bay. Enjoy your private dock & lift for your vessel or to fish. Your guest homes share a spacious manicured lawn, on 200 ft of private beachfront. Guest house #1 boast high ceiling, 2 bedrooms, generous living room, elevator & tower balcony. Guest house #2 is perfect for overflow of guests. Create memories in paradise!

The Beach Residences, LIDO KEY 2-4BR, 2/0-4/1BA, 2,197-5,254 sq ft • $ 1,500,000-$ 5,500,000 Extraordinary Island Living in this “Five Star RitzCarlton Managed” Lido Key residence. You’ll be amazed by the absolute beauty of this home. Lovingly finished with rich & warm colors, this home offers a casual & relaxing feel. You will have sunset views over the Gulf of Mexico and/or of the Sarasota skyline & magical sunrises through walls of glass or on your oversized-deep wrap-around terrace. Enjoy the best of Sarasota in RitzCarlton tradition. Features: resort style pool/spa, social room w/caterers kitchen, billiards/ping-pong room, theater w/tiered seating, massage room, state of the art fitness center, 2 guest suites, gas BBQ grills. Minutes to world renowned St. Armand’s Circle & Sarasota’s Cultural & Arts community. 2 pets (we have a dog run area) no weight limit, 2 parking spaces.

525 Putter Lane, COUNTRY CLUB SHORES MLS A4207471 • 4BR, 4/1BA, 4,280 sq ft • $ 2,200,000 Exquisite-One-of-a-Kind Island Paradise! Incredible opportunity with privacy, water views and sunsets. Over 4,200 sq. ft. of elegant living. Spacious custom kitchen w/sandstone counters, gas cook-top, wine cooler, gas fireplace warms inviting Great Room w/ sky-high ceilings. Guests will feel pampered with very private en-suite accommodations! Flexible plan offers 2 Master Suites, one on the 1st and one on the 2nd floor. Tropical grounds will take your breath away. Dock w/10,000 lb. boat lift, wide waterway and deep sailboat water leading to Sarasota Bay. Country Club Shores is on the Southern tip of LBK and just minutes to the Longboat Key Golf & Tennis Club, The Circle & Downtown SRQ. Walk to your private beach.

Judy Kepecz-Hays (941) 587.1700 kepecz@judyhays.com www.LongboatKeyLuxury.com Coldwell Banker Global Luxury 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 Longboat Key, FL 34228


312 77th Street NW, WEST BRADENTON MLS A4400188 • 5BR, 6/0BA, 8,143 sq ft • $ 1,950,000

A pillar of grace this colonial home feels as though it’s stepped out of “Gone with the Wind”. Set on nearly 2 acres, the majestic park-like setting weaves together a charming gazebo, rose garden, majestic oaks, and a sparkling pool with walking bridge. The entryway is opulent and impressive, brimming with the essence of warm, Southern hospitality. Step inside to the dazzling foyer with architectural trim, wood floors, and elegant stairs that wrap around the space. Entertain with the finesse of a bygone era in the living room, complete with wood-burning fireplace. Outside, you’ll relish the Florida lifestyle whether gathering the family for a game of croquet, enjoying high tea in the gazebo, or lounging pool side before diving in for a refreshing swim.

16225 Hidden Horse Way, SARASOTA RANCH CLUB MLS A4205371 • 4BR, 4/2BA, 5,470 sq ft • $ 1,599,000

Spanning almost 10 scenic acres of natural splendor, this landmark gated property includes a custom home, separate guest suite, barn, putting green and a private pond with dock. Lose yourself in the serenity of nature as you take in the sights and sounds of your Floridian oasis, before opening the door to a home that exudes the kind of warmth and character that only country living can provide. Picture preparing your signature family meals from the exquisite wood-accented kitchen, with a signature sink overlooking your glorious gardens, a central gas cooking island with seating, wine refrigerator for your favorite champagne, and plenty of cabinetry to optimize storage. Experience the luxury of your own resort-style amenities including a screened custom waterfall pool with beach entry, fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and ample space to entertain year-round.

Tom Cinquegrano (941) 284.5049 TomCinquegrano@ MichaelSaunders.com www.TomCinq.com


16266 Hidden Horse Way, SARASOTA RANCH CLUB MLS A4212767 • 4BR, 4/1BA, 6,958 sq ft • $ 2,399,000

Experience quiet country living on 20 acres of majestic scenery in this exquisite four-bedroom estate in the equestrian community of Sarasota Ranch Club. Escape the hustle & bustle of urban areas as you arrive home to this completely fenced property where the principle residence, stable, charming gazebo, & pastural pond seem to come right out of a painting. Walk up the front steps to the welcoming porch & through the entryway to an elegant & spacious interior. Volume ceilings combine with architectural trim, stately columns, & beautifully crafted woodwork throughout the home. The living room is ideal for entertaining with gas fireplace & bar area. The kitchen could easily fit the entire family & is equipped with stainless-steel

appliances, granite counter tops & center island. Retreat to the impressive home office, complete with dark-wood builtins & space for your entire collection of books. The master suite is a study in sophistication with tray ceilings, custom shutters, & a separate sitting area. Experience the great outdoors right from your expansive screened pool terrace. Dine al fresco in the summer kitchen, relax in the spa, or swim laps in the pool. A four-car garage can store all your vehicles. Fit for a true equestrian, the barn has a wealth of stalls providing care, comfort, & shelter for your horses. Sarasota Ranch Club spans 620 acres with miles of bridle paths, a variety of wildlife, old majestic oak trees, & lush rolling pastures & is only thirty minutes to downtown Sarasota.

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4024 11th Street Ct W, TERRA-MANA HARBOR MLS A4406720 • 3BR, 3/1BA, 2,762 sq ft • $ 1,499,000 Pre-construction. Gracious front porch with expansive views of the Manatee River and picturesque sunsets. Soaring 12 foot living room and kitchen with center island, custom cabinetry, farm sink, and Jennair appliances. First floor Master Suitewith tray ceiling and a French door leading to the private courtyard lanai and pool area. Master bath area with vaulted ceilings, free standing soaker tub, and separate his and hers vanities. Second Master Suite upstairs with vaulted ceilings and French doors opening out to 2nd floor porch with breathtaking river views This home is located in the exclusive enclave Redfish Cove, a 6 home river front community.

617 North Bay Blvd, ANNA MARIA ISLAND MLS A4401426 • 3 COTTAGE COMPOUND • $ 1,750,000 Looking for the true investment rental property with 1-7 day rentals, here it is an Old Florida Charm Boutique Resort. You are only one block away from the Rod & Reel Pier and just minutes away from the Gulf of Mexico beautiful beaches. There are a total of 3 charming cottages on this double lot property and a wonderful pool that will make anyone feel like that they are a true resort. Each Cottage has a fully renovated kitchen, bath, and living area. The bedroom includes brand new Beauty Rest Queen bed and high quality Queen pull out sofa, new 32 inch flat screen HD tv’s, custom wood floors and wood ceilings throughout.

7134 Hawks Harbor Circle, HAWKS HARBOR MLS A4401430 • 3BR, 3/0BA, 3,474 sq ft • $ 995,000 Come home to Paradise! This magnificent Key West home, inclusive of the finest workmanship and quality, has left no detail forgotten. Concrete block construction on all three stories, poured concrete floors, 12’ ceilings and metal roof are just a few of the structural particulars. The natural beauty of hardwood is accompanied by the flowing travertine marble that meanders throughout and continues up the stairways to the third floor. The gas gourmet kitchen is complete with stainless steel appliances and hardware; granite counter tops, and custom solid wood cabinetry. Just minutes from Sarasota Bay on Crystal Canal, you can park your boat at the dock complete with lift, and then relax in your pool and spa after a day on our beautiful waters. (L) Lori Collins Rodriguez (941) 320.6164 loricsarabay@aol. com (R) Helaine Giddens (941) 915.5414 buyflaproperty@ gmail.com

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3752 & 3750 Casey Key Road, CASEY KEY MLS A4404804 • 5BR, 6/1BA, 7,516 sq ft • $ 2,960,000 Extraordinary Lifestyle on your Private Island Retreat, situated on 1.58 acres with serene vistas of the Intracoastal Waterway. Beautifully renovated estate features 3522 SF Main Home, 1763 SF Bonus Room, PLUS 2231 SF Guest House, gracefully blends casual coastal elegance and the best of outdoor living, offering spaces for time shared together or apart. Relax or entertain on lushly landscaped grounds with expansive saltwater pool, spa, open air deck, screened lanai & thatch roof Tiki Hut. Sports enthusiasts will love the Double Boat House with boat lift, dock and floating dock! A quiet sanctuary just steps to deeded beach access, breath-taking sunsets & gorgeous vistas of sparkling turquoise water on the Gulf of Mexico

113 Big Bass Lane, SIESTA KEY MLS A4169406 • 5BR, 5/0BA, 4,163 sq ft • $ 2,429,000 Purchase or like value trade of land or condos for the best single family homesite on Siesta Key! Unique Key West style home to renovate or bring your vision and build new on 23,734 sf lot with 125’ frontage, concrete seawall and beautiful direct waterfront view of Gulf of Mexico on Big Pass. enjoy the casual coastal lifestyle, spectacular panorama of turquoise gulf waters, serene sunsets and captivating twilight vistas of Lido Key and the gulf across Big Pass. Ideally located on north Siesta Key in the historic Ralph Twitchell neighborhood, close to Siesta Village, world renowned Siesta Key Beach and the north bridge for easy access to downtown Sarasota’s cultural venues, diverse dining and boutique shops, the best of island and city living is yours.

20123 Passagio Drive, GRAN PARADISO MLS A4408925 • 4BR, 4/0BA, 3,215 sq ft • $ 729,900 Exquisite former Model Home with gorgeous lake views in the Portofino enclave of Gran Paradiso. Beautifully designed & appointed residence evokes the best of Florida living, gracefully blending refined luxury and casual outdoor living. Sam Rogers 2016 Parade of Homes Best Overall Single Family Home! Architectural design incorporates serene outdoor vistas to take advantage of the natural setting with elegant interior finishes, neutral decor, coffered ceilings, crown molding, 8’ doors, tile floors with stone insets and custom window treatments. Expansive great room, kitchen, owner’s suite and outdoor kitchen overlook sparkling heated pool with vessel waterfall and lake vistas for entertaining or quiet relaxation.

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2305 Casey Key Road, CASEY KEY MLS A4202455 • 6BR, 5/2BA, 9,048 sq ft • $ 10,299,000 Privately nestled within lush tropical foliage this direct Gulf front estate embodies a lifestyle of casual elegance. Built in 2001 and remodeled in 2006, the home features luxurious custom finishes and architectural design touches that blend seamlessly with an Old Florida “living at the beach” ambiance. The main floor is centered by floor to ceiling views of the Gulf of Mexico, and offers a chef grade kitchen complemented by an adjoining cozy breakfast nook and a sitting room area, an octagonal shaped formal dining room offset by a 500 bottle walk in wine cellar, two stately offices, a fully equipped movie theater, and a complete mother-in-law suite. An easement allows for access to the Intracoastal Waterway and leads to a 24,000 lb. boat dock complete with electric and water.

3544 San Remo Terrace, SAN REMO ESTATES MLS A4403580 • 5BR, 5/2BA, 6,710 sq ft • $ 4,990,000 Lake Tahoe came to Sarasota Bay in 2009…and they built a house together. This spectacular, custom-designed home offers 2 full Master Suites, each with their own private terrace, and 3 guest suites for visiting family or friends. Pulling in to your over-sized two car garage, you proudly view your custom front façade stonework. The warm ambience of your new home awaits you as you unwind and pull a bottle of your favorite wine from your 1,000-bottle wine room. You let her breath while you embrace the setting sun over Sarasota Bay. You hear your favorite song lightly playing via your 17 audio zone SmartHome System and pull a steak out of your Viking Refrigerator. The wine is ready. You pour yourself a glass and walk out onto your terrace with 360 degree views of Sarasota.

6438 Hollywood Boulevard, PINE SHORES ESTATES MLS A4209878 • 3BR, 2/1BA, 4,738 sq ft • $ 3,199,900

Coucher du Soleil (French for “Sunset”)

Brandy Coffey-Ruiz del Vizo (941) 284.4474 BrandyCoffey941@gmail.com

This elegant waterfront home is reminiscent of the 1920’s “Gilded Age” in the French style of New Orleans mansions. This home is a craftsman’s work of art, from the skillfully crafted crown moldings, baseboards, to built in screens in the doorways, hand carved fireplaces, hardwood cherry floors and solid core doors. The details of the hardware, elevator, ceiling fans, interior and exterior lighting, chandeliers and medallions are true to the period. The custom made front entryway doors and transom are of hardwoods and custom designed beveled glass. The elegant foyer has a curved wall and curved staircase that steps one up to a breathtaking view. The custom kitchen opens to the main living areas and water views.


1185 Bayshore Drive, ENGLEWOOD GARDENS MLS A4208439 • 8BR, 6/1BA, 11,200 sq ft • $ 2,199,900 Rare opportunity to own this custom built bay front home with amazing views uniquely positioned on 2.26 acres. This tropical oasis includes a pond w/ a charming bridge and tennis/ basketball court. This home is ideal for entertaining your guests w/ a 40x20 pool with summer kitchen. Spend the weekend on your 150 ft fishing pier into Lemon Bay w/ serene views. The interior features a large kitchen w/ a separate built-in Hibachi grill and impressive dining room w/ crystal chandelier. Living and dining areas are perfect entertainment spaces including a sunken fireplace and seating-inthe round. Ultra grand master suite that includes two enormous walk-in closets and a private den area. The second floor includes a dramatic spiral staircase and custom chandelier, game area, catwalk, den w/ double-sided fireplace, and peek-a-boo glass floor.

1191 Bayshore Drive, ENGLEWOOD GARDENS MLS A4204256 • 3BR, 3/1BA, 3,422 sq ft • $ 899.900 As you enter the front gate to this home you are immediately greeted w/ tropical foliage. As you drive down the paver driveway into this magnificent waterfront oasis with 1.7 secluded acres of beautifully landscaped grounds you will feel complete tranquility. This estate offers the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity. You will enjoy breathtaking views of Lemon Bay from almost every room. Peaceful and serene, this gracious Florida estate offers 3 levels of grandeur with a screened patio overlooking the 30x40 pool. This home was made for entertaining. Enjoy a delicious meal or tasty beverages underneath your custom built tiki hut. Relax in the afternoon on your very own fishing dock watching Eagles soar, pelicans fish, seagulls fly, and dolphins dance in the water.

3911 Spyglass Hill Road, COUNTRY CLUB OF SRQ MLS A4404657 • 4BR, 3/1BA, 4,110 sq ft • $ 825,000 This museum-quality home was custom built by Ammon Schrock, one of Sarasota’s most respected builders. Hand-crafted double wrought-iron doors lead to the great room & combines the Living & Formal Dining Room. Open Floorplan w/ Hampshire slate, reminiscent of European manors & mansions. Twelve-foot ceilings w/ floor to ceiling plate glass windows allowing natural light to flow. Tall French doors open to a covered loggia & oversized screened pool, ideal for entertaining. The landscaping on this oversized lot will leave you breathless. Watch the sunrise & sunset through floor-to-ceiling arches, Florida wildlife on the lake waters, & the Prestancia TPC golf course as your home’s backdrop.

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